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Fantasia Film Festival Update: One

Posted by Christine / August 4, 2012

20120804-fantasiaupdateone.jpg Attention: spoilers.

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The 2012 Fantasia Film Festival

Posted by Christine / July 17, 2012

Fantasia2012.jpg Ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, it's that time of year again! The Fantasia Film Festival is upon us, and with it all the gooey horror, vibrant romance and fast-paced martial arts one could hope for. This year's installment will run from July 19th to August 9th, and offers over 160 films to choose from.

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Reel Forecast: Experience a bit of film history, discover the worlds of Hayao Miyazaki and watch George A. Romero's Martin in 16mm!

Posted by Andrés / April 12, 2012

20120412_reelforecast.jpg(Montreal film screenings for Apr. 13-19, 2012) This last year was certainly dedicated to the appreciation of film history. Martin Scorsese's Hugo celebrated the career of Georges Mlis, and The Artist was itself an ode to the silent film. In this same vein, Stphane Tessier and David Mayer will be re-creating an historical form of movie-watching at the Maison Brignon-dit-Lapierre (+) with an event titled Les P'tits Vues. After the turn of the century, when films were silent and inter-titles mostly English, local storytellers would often attend screenings and narrate the events of the film. These narrations were at times prepared, at times improvised. Experienced in historical narration and storytelling, Tessier and Mayer decided to give silent cinema a go. The free event is this Saturday, starting at 2pm. Films screened include shorts by Buster Keaton: The Electric House (pictured above) and The Blacksmith, and Charlie Chaplin: The Adventurer and The Immigrant. The event will be followed by a showcase of classic projectors. A must for anyone cinephile interested in film history.

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Reel Forecast: Latin-American Film Festival, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and more

Posted by Andrés / April 6, 2012

20120406_reelforecast.jpgIt's always intriguing to see what filmmakers have to offer south of the States. While there is the occasional critical hit (The Secret in their Eyes, The Headless Woman), or a resurfaced surrealist filmmaker (Jodorowsky), I very rarely hear about the commercial or popular success of Mexican and South American films. Maybe it's because Canadian reality is so far removed from life in the southern hemisphere, but there seems to be a general lack of interest in Latin-American film. Such a shame, because as the 3rd Latin-American Film Festival's programming reveals, there's a lot of quality film to offer. And if you're asking yourself the question: "What have I watched from there since City of God?" it's high time to check this out at Cinma du Parc. The festival starts today. Here's a few highlights ripped from the festival's program:

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Reel Forecast: La Grande Invasion, Fernando Arrabal arrives, and the Hunger Games begin

Posted by Andrés / March 29, 2012

20120329_reelforecast.jpgAfter a two-week hiatus, I'm back to covering upcoming screenings in Montral. Hopefully you were more than able to dig through the city's enormous repertory listings and catch some screenings during that time. FIFA has wrapped up, but there are still plenty of documentaries to catch this week.

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Reel Forecast: Quebec owns the Genies, Festival du Cinema Israelien, Shadow of the Vampire, Cinema Politica films, Morris County and more

Posted by Andrés / March 9, 2012

20120309_reelforecast.jpgI'm positive none of you missed the Genie Awards last night - just positive. So you know that apart from the pseudo-Canadian five-time winner, A Dangerous Method, Québec films dominated the yearly Canadian film awards. It was kind of nice to see Viggo Mortensen pull out a Canadiens jersey, even while most local Habs fans have hidden their miniature flags in glove compartments. That's Philippe Falardeau behind him, director of the biggest winner: Monsieur Lazhar. Here are just some of the other Québecois films that gathered up some awards: Starbuck, Snow & Ashes, Funkytown, Café de Flore and Nuit #1. Of the titles available to rent, I highly recommend Ken Scott's Starbuck, starring Patrick Huard, about a man who discovers that he has over five-hundred children from sperm donations. It's part comedy, part drama, and full of heart! (+)

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